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Kylian Mbappé, portrait of a French icon ready to engage



Elbows on thighs, hands on knees, black jogging pants, sneakers, keen eye and reagent. The 22-year-old is ready for the “Obs” interview, and it’s like taking on a new challenge. While Euro 2021 begins in a few days, that France of football hopes for a double after the victory of the Blues in the World Cup three years ago, Kylian Mbappé is installed on a sofa, his back to the bay window, in the Parisian office of his lawyer, Delphine Verheyden. Quiet.

The questions are unusual, nothing about his career, his possible departure from Paris Saint-Germain or his exceptional end of the season (42 goals scored this year), everything about life, society, the man he is. Mbappé manages: never downtime, no silence, just a few commas, like small bridges to dodge uninspiring subjects. A half of maintenance, ten minutes of additional time, his entourage keeps the stopwatch. Cool atmosphere, but framed.

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And for the photos, Kylian Mbappé takes off his tracksuit. Put on raw jeans and a white shirt. But stay in socks: “These are portraits we do, eh?” “ Yes. So, here, that smile à la Henri Salvador, solar; here, that look with the sparkle in the form of a challenge; here, those eyes straight out towards the goal, as a pledge of assurance. He says ” here “, as if he had just planted a b

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